Runner’s World Your Best Stride

How to Optimize Your Natural Running Form to Run Easier, Farther, and Faster—With Fewer Injuries

By Jonathan Beverly

On Sale: 6/13/2017
Category: Fitness
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 240

$17.99 US  |  $20.50 CA

ISBN: 9781623368975

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About Runner’s World Your Best Stride

For runners, form is everything. It can make the difference between a smooth, light stride and painfully pounding the ground, a personal record and a disappointing result, or chronic injury and enduring health. When all else breaks down and a long-distance runner hits the dreaded wall, it is form that can carry him through to the finish line.

 

Most books on running form revolve around the premise that there is an ideal form all runners should try to achieve. Research and experience, however, show that people can run effectively in a wide variety of patterns with some key universal elements.

 

Unfortunately, the constraints of our modern lifestyles change how we move, limiting our range of motion and weakening key muscle groups. Runner’s World Your Best Stride is designed to help you counteract those forces and regain your own unique, powerful and effective stride that will carry you through endless, injury-free miles.

 

Author Jonathan Beverly details his search for common ground among physical therapists, podiatrists, biomechanics researchers and coaches on which elements of running form are universal and how to improve them. Specific exercises will show you how to counteract tight muscles from excessive sitting, how to improve limited arm mobility from hunching over electronic devices, how to strengthen your feet for better balance, and ways to improve speed by lengthening your stride. All of this culminates in an approachable guide to human movement and a practical tool for improvement.

Praise for Runner’s World Your Best Stride

Your Best Stride is every runner’s guide to the biomechanics necessary to make running more comfortable, enjoyable, and faster.”
—Deena Kastor, U.S. Olympian

 

Your Best Stride reflects the most up-to-date research and thinking on running technique in an accessible, practical format.”
—Robert M. Conenello, sports podiatrist, past president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine

About the Author

Jonathan Beverly was the editor in chief of Running Times magazine from 2000-2015. In addition to overseeing the magazine’s tone, editing all text and working closely with designers during these years, he wrote 150 editor’s notes, more than 35 feature stories and numerous smaller training articles, athlete profiles, race reports, and shoe and gear reviews. His features have ranged from in-depth training articles and athlete profiles to thought-provoking essays about various aspects of the sport. Prior to becoming editor, Jonathan wrote regularly for Runner’s World, Running Times and other outlets as a freelancer during the 1990s. He has run 26 marathons and innumerable road and trail races throughout the world. He has also coached adult runners with Bob Glover and the New York Road Runners Club during the 1990s, has taught several community college running classes, and has coached junior high and high school track and cross country since 2003. He lives on the border of Nebraska and Colorado.

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